Mute/Unmute Apple Watch Activity Reminders in watchOS 3

· Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Apple Watch Activity Reminders are great, but sometimes you just need to mute them—or to unmute them. That setting is hidden in the Watch app in iOS 10, and Bryan Chaffin shows you how to use it.

How to Re-enable the Startup Chime on Late 2016 MacBook Pro Models

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Re-enabling the new MacBook Pro startup chime

The new 15-inch and 13-inch Touch Bar Retina MacBook Pro, along with their 13-inch function key sibling, do away with the Mac startup chime. Turns out the chime isn’t gone, but is only disabled—and it’s easy to re-enable with a quick trip to the Terminal. Read on to learn how.

macOS Sierra: Using Siri to Get Specs

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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If you’re running macOS Sierra, you may know that you can use Siri on your computer, but Apple’s voice assistant can also help you find out what specs your Mac’s got. So if you need to know how much storage space you have remaining, say, Siri has you covered. And so do we!

PSA: LOL 'Apple' Malware Spam of the Week

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

LOL Malware Spam of the Week

Check this out. It’s probably the worst malware spam I’ve seen in a long time. I actually snorted out loud reading it. But it’s always good to be on guard against these things, and to help those in our lives who might be fooled by even this lame attempt. Accordingly, let’s turn an LOL moment into a learning opportunity.

Customizing Apple Watch Faces on Your iPhone

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is all about using the Apple Watch app on the iPhone to customize your faces. If you don’t wanna fiddle with colors and complications on your itty bitty Watch, there’s now an easier, faster way to do so!

How to Add a Physical Escape Key to the New MacBook Pro

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Keyboard settings for remapping modifier keys

The Escape key has been on our keyboards practically since the beginning of time—even the Apple II had one. That’s changing with tomorrow’s MacBook Pro refresh and its Magic Toolbar. The physical Escape key is going virtual, but Apple is including a way to let other keys handle its task.

iOS 10.1: Turning Off Duplicate Portrait Mode Images

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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This Quick Tip is about the spankin’-new Portrait Mode available on the iPhone 7 Plus, which’ll let you take shots with a special depth effect applied. However, if you don’t want your iPhone to keep an additional version of each of your Portrait Mode images, come read this article and find out how to turn that off!

How to Fix Apple Watch Contact Syncing Problems

· Bryan Chaffin · MGG Answers

Some people are experiencing problems with Contacts on their Apple Watch, or with initiating phone calls with Siri on your Apple Watch. The problem may be that your Contacts aren’t properly syncing, and Mac Geek Gab listener Bill wrote in (MGG 626) with the skinny on resetting it.

macOS Sierra: Disable Auto-Logout if Sierra Enabled It

· Bryan Chaffin · MGG Answers

System Preferences in macOS Sierra

Some people have reported weird rebooting/logging out problems on their Macs after upgrading to macOS Sierra. Mac Geek Gab listener Ken was one of those folks, and he traced it to an auto-logout preference Sierra appears to have changed for him. Fortunately, resetting it is an easy fix. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

watchOS 3: How to Use Emergency SOS

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

The new version of watchOS has a neat and potentially life-saving ability, dubbed Emergency SOS. When it’s on, this feature will let you use the physical buttons on your device to automatically call emergency services and even notify some contacts that you’re in trouble. We’ll tell you how to set it up!

macOS Sierra: How to Use Photos Memories

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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Within macOS Sierra’s Photos program, there’s a new “Memories” feature that’ll automatically group pictures together to remind you of important events in your life. In this Quick Tip, we’ll go over a few great tricks on how to use it!

iCloud Family Sharing Users Can Remotely Wipe Each Other's Devices [Updated]

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

iCloud Family Sharing is great for letting your family share apps, videos, music, photos, and more without sharing an Apple ID. If you’re using Find My iPhone along with iCloud Family Sharing, however, there’s a chance someone could accidentally—or intentionally—remotely erase your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

macOS Sierra: Resetting Your System Sound Effects Output

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

Every macOS/OS X update has its own quirks, and those quirks can be amplified by whatever peculiarities existed on the Mac being upgraded. For instance, when I upgraded to Sierra, that setting got changed so that it was independent from my System Output. Fortunately, putting it back is easy.

macOS Sierra: Using Siri to Search for Web Images

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

macOS Sierra Siri

This macOS Sierra Quick Tip is about using Siri to find and use images from the Web, whether you want to attach one to an email, insert it into a document, or save it to your desktop. We’ve got the scoop on some talking-to-your-Mac fun in this article!

macOS Sierra: Use Command-Drag to Position Picture-in-Picture Videos

· Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Use Command-Drag to Position macOS Sierra Picture-in-Picture Videos

If you’re watching a video in picture-in-picture mode in macOS Sierra, it snaps to the nearest corner. Even when you drag it out of that corner, it will again snap to the corner nearest to where you let it go. You can use command-drag to put the video where you want it. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

macOS Sierra: Method 2 For Watching Videos Picture-in-Picture

· Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Sierra Contextual Menu on YouTube Video

macOS Sierra supports picture-in-picture (PiP). Melissa Holt showed us how to access PiP using on-screen controls, but she’s some kind of wizard and the rest of TMO’s staff don’t have those controls. Fortunately, Dave Hamilton found a second method for watching in PiP mode. It’s a touch—curious?—on how to get there, but Bryan Chaffin will walk you through it.

macOS Sierra: Using "Recommendations" to Save Storage Space

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about a new feature in macOS Sierra, which’ll help you clean up your Mac and give you more storage space if you need it. Your laptop’s got a tiny little SSD that you’re quickly growing out of? Let’s see if Sierra can help!

How to Recalibrate Apple Watch Fitness Tracking

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch fitness tracking recalibration how to

Let’s say you followed my advice and calibrated your Apple Watch for better step count and distance accuracy, but something went wonky now it’s wrong again. That’s an easy fix, and a great excuse to get outside to walk some more. Read on to learn how to reset your Apple Watch fitness tracking calibration.

watchOS 3: How to Find & Activate Power Reserve Manually

· John Martellaro · Quick Tip

Apple Watch series 2

In watchOS 3, there are no more Glances. So Apple had to relocate the manual activation of Power Reserve for the Apple Watch to the Control Center. John shows you how this works.

iOS: How to Convince Ducking Autocorrect You Don't Mean Duck

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

How to use Contacts to work around autocorrect issues

Our iPhones are great at making our lives easier, but sometimes autocorrect just gets it wrong. So ducking wrong, in fact, that it’s really ducking annoying. Turns out there’s a workaround that lets you trick your iPhone or iPad into leaving the word you really typed instead of changing it to “duck.”